Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/25/11 at 02:34 PM ET
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and I’m going to say that the Vancouver Canucks will not make it out of the first round… no matter who they play.”
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He then goes on to qualify this statement by expressing concerns about Canucks’ goaltending.
And then this:
“Most teams that finish first overall in the NHL have not gone on to have a whole lot of success. It’s usually that team that’s fighting tooth and nail to get into that eighth spot and once they get to the playoffs, they’re flying high and feeling really good about themselves.”
I’m not sure how Fleury defines “success,” but since 1986, the President’s Trophy winner has gone on to play in the Stanley Cup Final nine times. That’s a 36% chance of making it into the final series. And 7 out of those 9 times, they went on to win the Cup.
All due respect to Fleury—and I’m always a big fan of the underdog team that battles hard to get a spot in the playoffs—but I’ll take the odds of going into the post-season in 1st place over 8th place, anytime.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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